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Shaolin Girl (2008)

Shôrin shôjo (original title)
A Shaolin-trainer young woman returns to Japan to resuscitate her grandfather's defunct martial arts school.

Director:

Katsuyuki Motohiro

Writers:

Masashi Sogo (screenplay), Rika Sogo (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ko Shibasaki ... Rin Sakurazawa (as Kô Shibasaki)
Tôru Nakamura ... Yûichirô Ôba
Yuqi Zhang ... Minmin Ryû (as Kithî Chan)
Kai Man Tin ... Tin (as Tin Kaiman)
Tze Chung Lam ... Ramu (as Ramu Chîchon)
Mami Yamasaki Mami Yamasaki ... Mami Shimizu
Asagi Kudô Asagi Kudô ... Asagi Kondô
Kana Harada Kana Harada ... Kana Kitano
Eri Otoguro ... Eri Kuroiwa
Mayu Gamou Mayu Gamou ... Mayu Yamada (as Mayu Gamô)
Asami Itô Asami Itô ... Asami Tabuse
Yûko Chino Yûko Chino ... Yûko Kaji
Miho Chiyoya Miho Chiyoya ... Miho Takuma
Aina Nishiaki Aina Nishiaki ... Aina Ogata
Miyû Sawai Miyû Sawai ... Miyû Kanagawa
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Produced by Stephen Chow (Shaolin Soccer, CJ7), Shaolin Girl tells the story of a girl by the name of Rin, who is compelled to take over her late grandfather's kung-fu dojo. She endures 3,000 days of brutal training at the Shaolin Martial Arts School in China before returning to her native Japan. But what awaits her is a dojo that lies in tatters and students who have abandoned the true discipline of Shaolin kung-fu. While struggling to restore her grandfather's school to its former glory and spread a genuine Shaolin philosophy, Rin attends university where she becomes the star member of the lacrosse team. While Rin's exceptional physical abilities being a string of victories to the team, her teammates in turn come to her aid by helping her reestablish the dojo. Just as fortune seems to smile upon her, a dark incident from a past Rin knew nothing about rears its ugly head and throws her into a fantastic showdown with tremendous evil. Is the Shaolin Girl up to the challenge? Written by medric

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Official Sites:

Official blog [Japan]

Country:

Japan | Hong Kong

Language:

Japanese | Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

26 April 2008 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Kung Fu Girl See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Cross between Shaolin Soccer, Enter the Dragon and The Last Dragon
29 March 2009 | by D-SligarSee all my reviews

Overall this was a pretty good movie, though Japanese actors tend to over-act their parts too much making me want to punch the character Minmin on many occasions!

The title of my review pretty much sums up what this movie is about and how I took it. There was some fun action scenes that really keep you involved, but they are more over-the-top than the much better movie "Shaolin Soccer." A lot isn't explained in this film; i.e., they'll show you something, leave it alone for a long time (sometimes never addressing what it was all about) or just show you some arbitrary scene just to fill time.

I liked the film and think that anyone who wants to see a fun film in the similar vein of Shaolin Soccer or The Last Dragon should check it out. Don't expect anything too serious and try to ignore the cheesy acting you get from some characters. Oh yeah, a more apt name would have been "Shaolin Lacrosse" instead of Shaolin Girl, because that's pretty much what it is, like mentioned in the trivia facts on this site.


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